When I first wrote this post back in 2012, selfie sticks weren’t invented yet (or at least they weren’t obnoxiously popular then). The tips I shared were a digital point-and-shoot.
Besides this being a throwback post for the nostalgic old times when digital cameras had higher resolution than your smartphone, I’ve added more tips.
For those who are not well versed in internet speak, here is a definition of “selfie” from urbandictionary.com:
A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website.
You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them…
I like taking photos when travelling but I do not have a lot of photos of myself.
In fact, I checked my 2012 Hoi An albums and found that out of the 440 photos I took, I was in 5 of them.
The reason I do not have as much photos of myself when travelling solo is that I am easily embarrassed and I do not ask strangers to take photos of me.
While I’ve not taken many photos of myself, I’ve devised a few ways to take a selfie when travelling:
1. Arm stretching
Basic level of taking a selfie is holding your camera at arm’s length. Make sure that not too much double chin appears.
2. Mirror mirror
3. Balance it on things
Taking a photo this way requires an empty area, with no one to gawk at the poor tourist smiling at a camera on a timer or to steal your camera.
First set your camera’s timer (10 seconds is more than enough). Find a flat area to balance your camera. Look into the view finder/screen to guess where you should stand. Press the button to get the timer running. Run to the place to take a photo.
4. Hang it on things
While waiting for the shot to take, pray hard that the camera doesn’t turn to the other direction or it will take a photo of the opposite direction.
5. Take photos of your shadow
It works best if you have a unique headshape or weird shaped clothes.
[new] 6. GoPro + Smartphone + Selfie stick
While the GoPro is usually for extreme sports and cool action videos, it takes really great selfies because of the fish eye effect.
My sister has a GoPro which I sometimes borrow for trips. You can pair your smartphone with the GoPro and take photos while the camera is far away on the selfie stick.
Watch out and don’t hit people.
[new] 7. Camera + Remote
While I’ve not tried this personally, I’ve seen amazing shots by bloggers using a camera and remote. If you hide the remote while taking a photo, it’ll look like someone took it for you.
Check out Jaclynn, The Occasional Traveller, does great jumpshots with her camera + remote combo.